Real Madrid continue their pursuit of La Liga leaders Barcelona when they travel to the island of Mallorca on Sunday afternoon.
Los Blancos currently trail in the table by five points after winning just two of their last four league outings. But with half the campaign still to go, it wouldn’t take much for the Spanish title race to be blown wide open again.
Madrid have their FIFA Club World Cup campaign on the horizon, so they’ll hope to catch mid-table and inconsistent Mallorca on one of their off days to avoid any unnecessary exertions before then.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match:
Mallorca vs Real Madrid H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Mallorca team news
Mallorca are free from injury but will be missing Jose Copete through suspension on Saturday.
Mallorca starting 11 (3-4-3): Rajkovic; Nastasic, Raillo, Valjent; Maffeo, Galarreta, Sanchez, Costa; Kadewere, Muriqi, Kang-in.
Real Madrid team news
Carlo Ancelotti will have to deal without a number of injured players, including Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and Lucas Vazquez. Toni Kroos, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy are all doubts but should play.
Los Blancos have no suspensions to worry about for this match.
Real Madrid starting 11 (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Tchouameni, Modric; Rodrygo, Hazard, Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid haven’t been absolutely convincing in the league over recent weeks and with the Club World Cup coming up, Ancelotti faces a battle to keep his players fit and fully focused.
That said, Los Blancos have won each of their last four games against Mallorca, who seem incapable of taking two consecutive steps forward this season.
They’ll be tested, but Real Madrid will ultimately return to the Spanish mainland with all three points.
Prediction: Mallorca 1-2 Real Madrid
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